The Logan High School golf team came up short last week in its bid to make a return to the state golf tourney in Wheeling.
Playing in the Class AAA regional meet at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club last Monday, the young Wildcat team finished a disappointing fifth place behind Cabell Midland, Huntington, Winfield and Hurricane to close out the season.
Veteran Logan golf coach Cliff Motes said his team wanted to make it back to state.
“This has been one the strongest teams I have had since I’ve been coaching, so it was very disappointing not to finish out the year with a strong showing,” he said.
The Wildcats posted a team score of 260 and finished 22 strokes behind first-place Cabell Midland.
Logan was led by Sam Corns who posted an 84. Chase Preston had an 85, J.C. Motes a 91 and Eric Brunette also with a 91.
The Wildcats recently beat one of the regional favorites, Winfield, on the very same golf course.
Logan spent a lot of time this summer playing on some of the hardest courses and against the best junior golfers in the state on the West Virginia Top Flite Tour, Motes said.
“Our goal from Day 1 has been to make it back to state again,” he said. “We were fifth out of 11 teams and we certainly have the talent to win or at least place second.”
Corns led Logan this season with a 36.8 average. He was followed by J.C. Motes with a 37.9 and Preston with a 37.9.
“This was our first year in this region and these are bigger schools that have traditionally strong golf programs. We have a great group of guys on this team and they are all very talented. I have no doubt that they can play with this level of competition and win. They’ve done it before and they will do it again,” Coach Motes said.
Logan is losing seniors Eric Burnette and Nicholas McDonald to graduation. However, the Wildcats hope to reload in 2013 as they return juniors Corns and Motes and Preston, a sophomore.
Coach Motes said he believes he has some promising talent coming up from the JV team with juniors Jacob Vance and Keith Williamson, sophomores Zach Hanlon, Maddy Trent and Colton Tomblin and freshmen Alex Toler and Emily Bryant.